The Lord of all creation moved o'er earth's primeval fire,
and from a flaming planet formed a continent entire.
He moulded its magnificence with artistry sublime,
and gilded it with glory through the majesty of time.
The love of God all passionate enfolds the pregnant earth,
and in that yearly ecstasy gives seed and season birth.
That flaming love has pierced into the world's awaiting womb,
and scattered rich resources in the subterranean gloom.
The Lord of time brought forth a race to roam the endless plain
and led a pilgrim people to forsake an old world's pain.
The God of liberation led the slave to freedom's hill,
that all may walk a way of peace and do his sovereign will.
O God, who in this land has forged a power before unknown,
yet who did mount on Calvary a sacrificial throne:
so mingle peace and justice that a people's soul may flower,
and hold us hostage in your love that we may know your power.